Friday, March 26, 2010
#152 - Mario Guerrero
What I thought about this card then: Didn't see it. My knowledge of Guerrero was from his late '70s cards as an Angel and an Athletic. I wasn't impressed. A backup infielder from the American League West? Yawn.
What I think about this card now: A nice shot of what I believe is Fenway Park (the parks looked so different in the '70s). And for once, the background isn't crooked.
Other stuff: Geez, what can I say? Guerrero pioneered the major leagues for Guerreros to come. Pedro and Wilton and Vladimir followed. But Mario was the first. To my knowledge he's not related to any of them, not even Juan Guerrero, who played a single season for the Astros in 1992.
Mario Guerrero was the bridge at starting shortstop for the Red Sox between Luis Aparicio and Rick Burleson. He also was involved in trades that included Sparky Lyle and Vida Blue.
Other blog stuff: Lots of notable '70s figures were born on this date. Among them: Bob Woodward, Diana Ross, Leonard Nimoy, Vicki Lawrence, James Caan and Steven Tyler.